Traditional acupuncture focusses on correcting the underlying cause of illness which will be different for every individual. As a result, no set point prescription will be the same.
Traditional acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined over thousands of years. We focus on the individual, not just their illnes. Because every patient is unique, two people with the same western diagnosis will each receive different and unique acupuncture treatments.
The underlying principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is that illness and pain occur when the body’s Qi (vital energy, also known as Prana in Ayurveda), cannot flow freely. Qi is the animating force behind all forms of life. Qi circulates within and around the body and can easily be accessed through specific points on the body’s energy meridians. These meridians can become obstructed, in much the same way as a trapped nerve or blocked artery. This can be due to emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection, or trauma.
By inserting ultra-fine, sterile (single use only) needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
There are several scientific theories and ongoing research which suggests that inserting acupuncture needles into the body causes the following effects:
1. Changes in the diameter of blood vessels therefore affecting circulation and inflammation.
2. Release of naturally occuring endorphins which induces relaxation and eases the experience of pain.
3. Brain imaging techniques which show inhibition of specific areas of the brain which are responsible for the perception of pain.
4. Influences the autonomic nervous system (which controls involuntary functions such as breathing, heartbeat and digestion
i.e functions conducted without your conscious control), thereby affecting non-painful conditions such as asthma.
Whatever scientific theories are used to explain the mechanism of acupuncture, the choice of which acupuncture point to use is largely based on the information obtained from the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Empirical evidence and philosophical theories of the ancient Chinese is used as a method of point selection as modern research is yet to reveal an understanding of the scientific mechanism of acupuncture. Science will hopefully provide an explanation for the observations of the ancient Chinese, but in the meantime we should not reject acupuncture just because we cannot explain it completely in modern scientific terms.
Although not clearly knowing why or how, a growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.
The ARRC (Acupuncture Resource Research Centre) is the research division of The British Acupuncture Council. ARRC are dedicated towards increasing the evidence base for acupuncture and developing research methods suitable for investigating acupuncture. For current information as to what acupuncture can treat, please visit:
The Acuvedic Clinic also specialises in Auricular Acupuncture which is known to help with drug, nicotine, alcohol or food addictions, whilst also giving the natural benefits of pain relief and relaxation.
Marmapuncture is based on the ancient ayurvedic principles which were established more than 2500 years ago.
Marmapuncture is the external application of sterile single-use-only disposable needles on specific marma points which correspond to specific nadi channels of the body. These nadi channels connect with chakras of the body.
Marmapuncture is similar to acupuncture treatments in that the needles are inserted on specific points and left for approximately 20 minutes or more and then removed. Marmapuncture aims at restoring internal energetic balances of the body which have been injured through daily stresses and strains of modern living (diet and lifestyle, pollution and travel to name a few). It encourages the smooth flow between interacting chakra centres of the body which govern overall health and wellbeing.
The difference between traditional acupuncture and marmapuncture is that the former is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, and the concept of qi, yin and yang and the latter is based on the principles of Ayurveda, chakras and dosha. The points are very similar to one another although marmapuncture can involve several extra points which correlate to specific chakras of the body.
The Acuvedic Clinic values both traditional approaches of acupuncture and marmapuncture and by providing both, patients are offered a choice of which is best suited for their condition.
Marmapuncture can treat many conditions of which a few are:
- Musculoskeletal pain or injury
- Chronic fatigue syndromes
- Bowel complaints (IBS) and Indigestion
- Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks
- Skin complaints and Eczema
- Asthma and breathing disorders
- Low appetite/ excessive appetite
- Infertility (Male and Female)
Marmapuncture is usually given weekly or fortnightly depending on the severity of the condition and your individual constitution. The marmapuncturist will conduct a full ayurvedic consultation to discern your dosha imbalance, which will determine the treatment prognosis, rationale and course. Alongside marmapuncture, ayurvedic herbs may be additionally prescribed to enhance healing and progression.
Dr Godagama trained in acupuncture and marmapuncture in Sri Lanka with the world leading expert and pundit Prof Anton Jayasuriya and has been practicing the fine art of therapeutic needle insertion for nearly 40 years. Professionaly trained at the UK’s leading acupuncture educational institution, LCTA (London College of Traditional Acupuncture) and gained a degree in acupuncture, Sumudu provides treatments according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine as well as the principles of ayurveda and has also been trained by the late Prof Jayasuriya.
I was lucky enough to have experienced the best Ayuvedic experience in London and Acupuncture session in Milton Keynes from Sumudu who is truly a master at what she does.
DirectorDr Shantha Godagama
Principle Acupuncturist & Ayurvedic DoctorDr Simi Godagama
Panchakarma & Ayurvedic Massage PractitionerMr Matthew Middleton
Panchakarma & Ayurvedic Massage PractitionerMr Jackson Ryan
Regents Park - The Hale Clinic
Located in the heart on the city, Dr Shantha Godagama has been consulting at this prestigious clinic for over 25years. It was opened in by HRH Prince of Wales and is at the cutting edge of complimentary health care with over 90 practitioners providing one of the widest ranges of therapies under one roof.
Southgate - The Cannon Hill Clinic
The Clinic was established 1988 in a leafy North London suburb. The Cannon Hill Clinic is a private treatment and referral centre and has been the proud home of a team of highly skilled professionals for many years.
Dr Simi Godagama runs her clinic exclusively from Emerson Valley...
The Lakeview has been running for over 10 years.
It is also the residential home of Dr Godagama. Guests can retreat into the tranquil surroundings of the clinic, with scenic views over Furzton Lake.
“By knowing one science alone one cannot arrive at a proper conclusion. Therefore a physician should study other sciences in order to arrive at a correct diagnosis”
(Ayurvedic classical text: Susruta Samhita Sutrasthana 4.6)